The City of Cleveland is requesting qualifications from artists, designers, or teams who are interested in producing a public artwork to accompany streetscape improvements along East 185th Street, between Nottingham Road and Lake Erie.

Submit your qualifications by 5pm on Monday, January 24th to be considered for a public art commission from the City of Cleveland through its Public Art Program.

The artwork sought for this project will consist of a freestanding three-dimensional work on the southwest corner of East 185th Street and LaSalle Avenue. The restored LaSalle Theatre, now being adaptively reused as an events center, is across the street.

This competition is open to qualified artists, designers, or teams thereof, aged 18 or over and based in (or with connections or ties to) Northeast Ohio. Artists with connections to North Collinwood or adjacent neighborhoods are especially encouraged to apply.

Project Information
Streetscape improvements along East 185th Street will benefit the several-block-long commercial district that runs along the street. Though most of the commercial district is in the city of Cleveland, the east side of the street north of Pawnee Avenue is in the city of Euclid. Work will be done in phases. The first phase, which will include the public art site, will begin in the spring of 2022.
The public art site will be outfitted with a 4-by-4-foot concrete foundation, the cost of which must be covered by the public art budget.

Project Budget
The budget for this project is $36,000—$10,000 for design and $26,000 for fabrication and installation. The budget is all-inclusive and required to cover all public art-related expenses, including, but not limited to, design or artist fee, engineering, fabrication, and installation. The cost of the artworks foundation will be drawn from the fabrication and installation portion of the budget. There are no funds available for travel-related expenses.

Submission Requirements
Artists or teams are required to electronically submit a one-page narrative describing their qualifications, explaining why they would be interested in working on this project, and stating their ties to Northeast Ohio and, if applicable, the neighborhood. Artists should indicate what general vision they have and approaches they would take to this project and make note of how they usually go about involving neighborhood residents and others in developing their designs.

Additionally, artists are required to submit, in electronic format (we cannot accept zip files):

  • An up-to-date CV or resume;
  • Up to 10 images depicting completed relevant work in JPEG or PNG format (none of the images may contain identifying information, and please note that multiple images of the same artwork will count as individual images toward the 10 requested), suitable for inclusion in a PPT or PDF presentation; and
  • An annotated slide list for the depicted artworks, including location, commissioning agency, materials, and total project budget. Submitters should note what their role was in producing the works depicted.

Up to four artists, designers, or teams thereof will be invited to interview with the City of Cleveland’s Public Art Committee.

Please note that artists are not being asked to submit proposals at this time.

Submission Deadline
Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Cleveland time, on Monday, January 24, 2022. Entries must be submitted electronically to both Tarra Petras, the city’s public art project coordinator, at, and Vince Reddy of LAND studio, at

Again, we cannot accept zip files.

Direct questions to Tarra or Vince at the e-mail addresses above.

Photographs of the artwork site and surroundings, proposed location, along with a plan of proposed improvements, can be found on the attached pdf.




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